RCIA is the process whereby adults (age 8 and older in canon law), both baptized and non-baptized, are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church. The OLPH RCIA ministry is led by Joshua Mocek our Pastoral Associate for Religious Education. Below is the basic need to know information about the RCIA process at OLPH.
- Meets every Monday night from 7:30pm-9:00pm.
- Begins in September and ends two weeks after Easter.
- Is provided at no financial cost to participants.
- RCIA is open to all individuals seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.
Please see below for details regarding how OLPH addresses administering the sacraments to those individual age 17 and younger.
RCIA for Children Younger Than Age 8
At OLPH all children under the age of 8 are baptized without any formal RCIA process beyond a meeting with the parents. Those children younger than age 8 are, in Church terms, not considered to have reached the age of reason. The age of reason, 8 years old, is the age at which the church becomes concerned with ensuring that the child is properly catechized before receiving the sacraments.
RCIA for Elementary Aged Children (age 8 – 8th Grade)
Canon law marks age 8 as the age of reason. This is not necessarily the age of adulthood, but it is considered to be the age by which most children are able to make decisions concerning their well being. At OLPH we administer the sacraments of initiation, which include Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation to children of elementary age on a case by case basis, and only administer those sacraments their peers have already received. There is currently no diocesan policy addressing the issue of whether or not to administer all three sacraments of initiation at and after age 8 as is the case in some dioceses.
A conference is had either in person or over the phone to assess the child’s family situation and desire for communion with the church. Often times the parents are asked to start attending mass regularly, and it is only after that that children will be given the sacraments. If a child attends OLPH School and expresses a desire to receive the sacraments that child will generally be allowed to receive the sacraments without any formal RCIA process. If a child does not attend OLPH School then an alternative RCIA process is established to catechize the child and the family so that the child may receive the sacraments. Children in the school are catechized in the classroom so there is no need for an alternative process.
RCIA for High School Students
High School students are considered to be similar to adults, and so they are asked to go through the formal RCIA process.